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Advocacy

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Staying up to date on the issues that affect your funeral home and the families you serve is vital to your success. Legislation can have an impact on how you run your business, how you serve your families and, ultimately, even your bottom line. It can be challenging, however, to keep up with the changing political landscape, especially when your priority as a funeral service professional is to ensure your families receive the care and attention they deserve. Still, it important that you don’t lose sight of the issues that could and do impact your business. With national representation in Washington, D.C. and the grassroots activities of your colleagues across the country, NFDA’s Advocacy division is your leading funeral service advocate, proactively working to ensure that the nation's lawmakers understand funeral directors’ positions on the issues that matter.

Each year, NFDA’s Advocacy Committee discusses and votes on legislative issues that could have an impact on our profession. Those issues are then presented to the NFDA Policy Board for a vote. Once approved, NFDA’s Advocacy division takes its legislative agenda to Capitol Hill, working tirelessly to ensure you and your best interests are represented by our elected leaders.

Your involvement in NFDA’s advocacy efforts makes the difference.
Please get involved in the important work NFDA’s Advocacy division is doing in Washington every day.

  • Educate yourself about the issues.
    Take some time to familiarize yourself with the issues currently affecting our profession and legislative actions that affect funeral service and small businesses. NFDA advocates on your behalf on a daily basis regarding these and other issues.

  • Attend NFDA’s annual Advocacy Summit.
    If you’d like to take an active in-person role in making a difference, attend NFDA’s annual Advocacy Summit, March 4-6, 2014, in Washington. Join us in meeting with our Congressional leaders and be a part of effecting positive change.

  • Contact your elected representatives.
    It’s important for our elected leaders to hear from you about the issues that matter to the funeral service profession. Write an email to our leaders using Congress-at-a-Click. We’ve done the work for you by drafting letters you can send as-is – or personalize the letter with your own message.

  • Learn more about the NFDA Political Action Committee (PAC).
    NFDA’s Political Action Committee helps ensure your voice is heard regarding issues critical to your funeral home and consumers.

Thank you for your support of NFDA’s advocacy efforts. Your involvement plays a critical and instrumental role in our ability to ensure our profession is well represented in Washington.

Regards,

Bryant Hightower
Chair, NFDA Advocacy Committee

NFDA Legislative Victories in Washington, D.C.

On Sunday, December 30, 2012, the House passed by voice vote the "Dignified Burial and Other Veterans Benefits Improvement Act of 2012." Read the full update here.

In the bill H.R. 8, the "Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012," Congress has agreed to make permanent the current estate tax law except for raising the tax rate from 35% to 40% for amounts that exceed the exclusion limit of $5 million for an individual and $10 million for a couple. Read the full update here.